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Consilience on the Coast

Memorial Day Weekend, 2012, Tidal Influence Principal, Taylor Parker, presented the following with colleagues Dr. George Hart and Pete Stearns from California State University, Long Beach at the Robinson Jeffers Association Conference in Pacific Grove, California.

Memorial Day Weekend, 2012, Tidal Influence Principal, Taylor Parker, presented the following with colleagues Dr. George Hart and Pete Stearns from California State University, Long Beach at the Robinson Jeffers Association Conference in Pacific Grove, California.

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  1. 1. Consilience on the Coast  Jeffers  Urban Wetlands Restoration  Service Learning Dr. George Hart ~ CSULB Taylor Parker ~ Tidal Influence Peter Stearns ~ CSULB Robinson Jeffers Conference May 27, 2012
  2. 2. EO Wilson Consilience: “…the sciences, humanities, and arts have a common goal: to give a purpose to understanding the details, to lend to all inquirers a conviction, far deeper than a mere working proposition, that the world is orderly and can be explained by a small number of natural laws."
  3. 3. EO Wilson Culture: Consistently changing and sometimes contradictory values “…the eternal foment generated by Multilevel Selection…” The job of the: Natural Sciences Social Sciences and Humanities To Explain What is Going on To Think Out and Deal With It
  4. 4. Southern California “…be in nothing as so  Depending on your moderate as in love of wetland definition and source, 70%-98% of man…” coastal wetlands are gone
  5. 5. English 444: Literature and Environment A General Education Service Learning Capstone
  6. 6. Principles of Academic Service Learning There are four basic guiding questions to ask about the principles of service learning: Engagement—does the service component meet a public good? How will the community be consulted and how will the campus-community boundaries be negotiated? Reflection—is there a mechanism that encourages students to link their service experience to course content and to reflect upon why the service is important? Reciprocity—how will students and the community teach and learn from one another? Public Dissemination—how will the service work be presented or returned to the public?
  7. 7. English 444 students at Colorado Lagoon Restoration, Long Beach
  8. 8. Aldo Leopold / Robinson Jeffers
  9. 9. “The Shack” and Tor House
  10. 10. “The Land Ethic” “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” (Sand County Almanac 224-25)
  11. 11. The Land Ethic’s key terms: As for “beauty,” it was, in Leopold’s view, an attribute of lands that possessed stability and integrity. Integrity, stability, and beauty: they were three ways of describing one object—healthy land—in terms of its interrelated parts, its nutrient cycling, and its pleasing appearance to the eye, ear, and soul. (Newton, Aldo Leopold’s Odyssey 347)
  12. 12. from “The Answer” Integrity is wholeness, the greatest beauty is Organic wholeness, the wholeness of life and things, the divine beauty of the universe. Love that, not man Apart from that, or else you will share man’s pitiful confusions, or drown in despair when his days darken. (CP 2: 536)
  13. 13. “Conceptual Restorationism” in Sand County Almanac Lawrence Buell writes, “Environmental writing does not literally repair the biosphere, does not literally do anything directly to the environment. But . . . it tries to practice a conceptual restorationism in reorienting the partially denaturized reader not to a primordial nature, which we cannot recover either in fact or in fantasy, but to an artifactual version of environment designed to evoke place-sense” (Environmental Imagination 267).
  14. 14. from “Bixby’s Landing” The laborers are gone, but what a good multitude Is here in return: the rich-lichened rock, the rose-tipped stone-crop, the constant Ocean's voices, the cloud-lighted space. The kilns are cold on the hill but here in the rust of the broken boiler Quick lizards lighten, and a rattle-snake flows Down the cracked masonry, over the crumbled fire-brick. In the rotting timbers And roofless platforms all the free companies Of windy grasses have root and make seed; wild buckwheat blooms in the fat Weather-slacked lime from the bursted barrels. Two duckhawks darting in the sky of their cliff-hung nest are the voice of the headland. Wine-hearted solitude, our mother the wilderness, Men's failures are often as beautiful as men's triumphs, but your returnings Are even more precious than your first presence.
  15. 15. 2 Urban Wetland Restoration Projects From The Purse-Seine: “I cannot tell you how beautiful the city appeared, and a little terrible.”
  16. 16. Colorado Lagoon
  17. 17. FOCL Education Program Instruction Events Service- Innovators Learning School- Summer Estuary Quarterly Marsh Champions TIDE Year Exploration EcoEvents Doctors Curriculum Creative CLEAN Arts Objective: Objective: Objective: Objective: Make CL a field Offer quality Objective: Objective: Provide Provide Objective: trip destination nature Provide To celebrate service- service- 1. Provide opps for Audience: instruction to monthly the community learning opps learning opps those interested in Classes visiting public opportunities to and the earth for K-8th for 9th- nature and Audience: express through the CL Audience: university education General EcoConcerns Audience: General Audience: 2. Create Docents Public Audience: General Public/Classes General for Ed Programs General Public/Classes Public/Classes Audience: Public/Classes Interns Objective: Objective: 1. Provide opps to 1. Provide opps for develop and maintain those interested in programs and events science and 2. Develop and research Maintain ED 2. Create data for Programs Ed Program, Audience: stakeholders and Interns the public Audience: Interns
  18. 18. Service- Learning Marsh Champions Doctors Curriculum Objective: Objective: Provide Provide service- service- learning opps learning opps for K-8th for 9th- Audience: university General Audience: Public/Classes General Public/Classes
  19. 19. Here is the stuff we can see…..
  20. 20. …..And with it comes the stuff we can’t see….. Poor water quality
  21. 21. Contaminated Marine Sediment
  22. 22.  Pre culvert  Post culvert
  23. 23.  Post culvert
  24. 24. From “Shine, Republic”  “Be great, carve deep your heel marks.”
  25. 25. from “Solstice”  “ We can even face our lives, to bear them or change them…”
  26. 26. STEARNS  Service Learning Project/Experience Slides
  27. 27. Sit-Spot
  28. 28. The Real Work
  29. 29. from “The Deer Lay Down Their Bones” “What can I do for the child?”
  30. 30. Ritual of Restoration ~ Thank You! Ghart@csulb.edu Taylor@Tidalinfluence.com P.Stearns@hotmail.com

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